Beaver (1413) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Double Chocolate Stout pours an opaque midnight black with a fizzy brown head that quickly dissipated to a collar and completely disappeared before I finished.
The aroma is kind of yeasty initially settling into malts and a big sweet dark chocolate smell with some vanilla notes.
It has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The taste is dominated by chocolate. There is a slight metallic bitterness, but the sweetness definitely overwhelms it. A little too out of whack on the sweet side...I would have preferred a little more hops for better balance.
Overall, I think this would make a terrific dessert drink. It's probably not something I'd drink a lot of or frequently though.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with large dense tan head.
Smells of roasted malts and tootsie rolls.
Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, a little alcohol, and chocolate again. The chocolate is not overpowering, but rather a silky smooth character that caresses the tongue and teases of rich chocolate cake.
The mouthfeel could be thicker but maybe the slick, smooth feel contributes to the amazing drinkability.
Fast becoming one of my favorite beers, I am looking to try this on nitro-tap.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2004 Widget can, thanks piscator34 Dark brown with a full off-white foamy head, ultra-sticky. Aroma is very malty with rusty crystal malt tones lifting almond, brown chocolate (nutella?), and vanilla flavours. It's actually unpleasant to me when fresh, but at room temperature, it gets tolerable although definitely not a beer I particularly enjoy. It's very sweet, nutty and with honest chocolate milk peaks, but rather tart and cloying with metallic astringency. Pretty thin bodied although quite creamy and smooth.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, beers like this make me re-evaluate my feelings toward stouts...subtle hop aroma, chocolate malt is quite evident...this stuff is so silky smooth, the chocolate flavour is definitely there. a perfect bitter finish.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Opaque dark brown or black with off white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of dark tart chocolate. Taste is fairly sweet and chocolaty with a bit of roast. Very nice.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Dark brown (black) stout with beige coloured head. Somewhat low carbonation. Black currant in the nose. Rich flavour with lots of chocolate (sic), more black currant, hints of coffee and a touch of hops in the finish. Traces of (synthetic) vanilla? Smooth palate. Overall a brilliant rich, full bodied, sweetish smooth stout.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, almost black with a brown thin head. Smells very tasty. Sweet, chocolate aroma. Creamy, rich, chocolate flavor with a sweet almost hot coco-like aftertaste. If you like beers with a chocolate taste, I highly reccomend this beer. It's really good.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, with an aroma of dark chocolate. Wow...this is really chocolatey. Almost a little too sweet, actually. I'd prefer a little more hop to tone it down a little, but thats a minor complaint. This is one heck of a beer.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled: dark brown hues with a tan bubbly head that doesnt last long, like me. the smell is of droste cocoa or maybe jaques torres, but in a good way. if you want dessert not desert maybe you should hop on the chocolate train and take it for a ride. probably better in the can, could be a little more creamy for this choc feel. better then i thought it would be, the ladies like it too.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think I would have been okay with a single chocolate version. This stout is thick with chocolate and it dominates everything else. Also a little overly bright for my stout tastes. A great beer to try and probably have once in a while but not a regular in my line up.